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Worried about Bone Loss? Try these Natural Fixes


 

by Dr. Michael Grossman

Most women and a reasonable percentage of  men will experience the loss of bone density with age, which is known to cause hip fractures, spine fractures, and severe pain. Left untreated, these conditions can grow into more severe complications requiring hip surgery, which is costly and recovery is often challenging. Caring for your bone health now can significantly impact future outcomes and decrease the risk of fractures, sprains and pain. There are several ways you can care for your bone health, including natural therapies that are effective even into your golden years.

Read more on DrMichaelGrossman.com:

Natural Approaches to Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

 

Cool Jams Sleepwear Giveaway


 

Are you suffering from hot flashes and night sweats? Like many women dealing with menopausal symptoms it can be difficult to get a full night’s sleep especially, when you are hot and sticky. Hot flashes are caused by a hormone imbalance in the body. Environmental and nutritional aspects might also contribute to their uncomfortable intensity.

If you have tried everything from ice-cold showers to chill pillows then, cool-jams may be the long awaited answer to those sleepless nights.

win free pajamas for women

Cool-Jams are PJs that regulate body temperature by using wicking properties to absorb heat and moisture. They are wrinkle-free, static-free and odor and bacteria resistant. Cool-jams absorb moisture 3-4 times faster than regular cottons fabrics, polyester and woven. These PJs are doctor recommended for night-sweats and temperature regulation more than any other sleepwear brand.

Read about Renea’s experience with Cool Jams Sleepwear: Cool Jams for Night Sweats? 

Comfy Ride with Cool-Jams Giveaway

We have teamed up with Cool-Jams to give-away a pair of their fabulous PJs to one lucky contestant suffering from sleep depriving night sweats.

 To enter the contest you must:

  • Log-in to the weekly Cool-Jams sleepwear give away
  • Comment on one of the Cool Jams Menopause MANIAC blog posts sharing your thoughts
  • Include your name and email address (as submitted on the Cool Jams website) with your comment

 One lucky winner will be chosen from those who have commented on the Cool Jams post on Menopause MANIAC.com. Winner of the Cool-Jams sleepwear will be announced on Friday, June 28, 2013.

 

Cool Jams for Night Sweats?


 

By Renea Cribbs

When it comes to PJs, I am fairly picky. Color doesn’t matter much, but size, fabric and style, matter a lot.  And, I’m not easily swayed by gimmicks. So, when I tried the new moisture-wicking pajamas from Cool Jams, I will have to admit, I was skeptical.

Is there really a set of PJs that can keep me cool on warm Texas nights – especially when night sweats strike?
Nonetheless, I ordered the pants and hemmed them myself. I love the color and the fit – I ordered a large – I’m 5’5” tall with a large bust line. Unlike many pajama tops, these fit me perfectly – plenty of space in the bust, with appropriate fit in the bodice.Initially, I was disappointed to learn that the Cool Jams were not available in capris. For women of a certain age, shorts are rarely to never preferable and pants, well, let’s be honest, I live in Texas and the whole point of this experience is to stay cool. So, pants would never be my option. The site does offer various nightgowns, but nightgowns seem to get twisted as I toss and turn, contributing to sleepless nights. When I buy pajamas, I like capris and I feel a lot of other women might agree with me.

What can I tell you about my experience? Well, not much, since I slept right through it! But, that’s a good thing, right?

The PJs come equipped with a special antibacterial treatment that is said to make the PJ’s odor and bacteria resistant. I awoke refreshed each morning and I assume these features went to work for me throughout the night.

Truly, I don’t recall waking up, kicking off the covers and being a sweaty mess, which has happened to me before. Trust me, any woman that’s experienced hormonal fluctuations in the night knows exactly what I am talking about!

I give the Cool Jams 4 out of 5 stars – I would love to see a capri sold as a separate and then, I would fully endorse this wonderful product!

Do you want to try Cool Jams? Enter to win a free pair or order a set right now at CoolJams.com!

 

Managing Toxins in Your Environment


 

by Dr. Michael Grossman, Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Irvine

Environmental toxinsToday’s environment is filled with a variety of toxins that were not present 50 to 100 years ago. Pesticides, plastics, food additives and genetically modified foods are all possible toxins.  These toxins have to be processed by the liver in order to be excreted from the body. Liver toxicity is the common culprit of patients that complain of chronic distress, such as fatigue and moodiness.

Some people are genetically more efficient at dealing with the toxic environment than others. Individuals that struggle with the elimination of toxins need high doses of nutrients and other herbs to assist their body in detoxification of these pollutants. People with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, headaches, skin rashes, stomach upsets, alternating diarrhea and constipation need to focus on detoxification.

My track record for improving outcomes with these forms of chronic distress is approximately 90 percent, seeing dramatic improvements in their health and well-being within four months. Some testing can help to evaluate liver functioning, but the standard blood tests are not sufficient.  An ultrasound of the liver may show toxicity in the form of fatty deposits.  In some cases, heavy metal testing may be valuable.

Often a trial of nutrient detoxification powders along with a very restricted diet for a period of two weeks will dramatically remove toxicity and improve symptomology.

I believe that everyone can change their eating, nutrient intake, lifestyle in order to create vibrant health.

 

Vampire Facelift Buzz


 

Despite what critics and skeptics have hailed as ridiculous and bizarre, the Vampire Facelift  continues to emerge helping thousands reclaim a more youthful appearance – naturally – without downtime or a surgeon’s scalpel.  In fact, since its debut, it has only grown in popularity and its technology is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of a variety of effective rejuvenation techniques.  The Vampire Facelift is not only a segment worth hosting on The Doctors or a prize worthy of the Oscars, it is the beauty secret of some of America’s most beautiful celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and British actress, Anna Friel on Pushing Daisies.

The Vampire Facelift® is a safe and natural procedure for patients seeking aesthetic anti-aging. This revolutionary procedure improves the quality and look of the skin for patients who wish to reduce volume loss, fine lines and textural changes.

Gino, from the Brandmeier Radio Show based out of the windy city of Chicago, recently underwent the procedure. The Brandmeier Show put into perspective that aesthetic treatments are not only for women. Gino saw incredible results with a trained physician by his side.

Watch the video below:

Dr. Lisbeth Roy of Doctors Studio is one of the few certified medical doctors licensed to perform the Vampire Facelift. Dr. Roy recently performed a live demonstration of the procedure at the Blood for Beauty Event at her practice in Fort Lauderdale, as well as was featured as a guest speaker and demonstrator at the South Beach Dermatology Symposium.

To learn about Dr. Roy and Doctors Studio, visit DoctorsStudio.com.

 

The New Perspective on Hormone Replacement Therapy


 

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) began in 1991, observing the effects of synthetic hormone therapy on post-menopausal women. The women being studied had suffered from hormone imbalance for 15 years or more. The results, found a dangerous increase in the risk of breast cancer when estrogen and progestin (the synthetic form of progesterone) were combined. Physicians and women, interested in HRT, quickly took a step back, due to fearing the same repercussions.

Almost two decades after the WHI study, there is a light shining at the end of the tunnel. Tobie

de Villers, President of the International Menopause Society, shared with Today.com that when used properly, HRT will offer more benefits than harm. The increased risk of breast cancer, uncovered in the WHI study, has been found to diminish a couple of years after hormone treatments are stopped.

The National Institute of Health reassures women that hormone replacement therapy is safe, as long as it is administered by a medical expert.

Dr. Jen Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD is thrilled by these new outcomes, “The benefits of HRT have changed the lives of many women suffering from symptoms of menopause. This new research will open the door for many more women. When a woman has all the facts, she can make an informed decision for the betterment of her health and quality of life.”

 

Got Fatigue? Dr.Oz has the Solutions



by Sofia Radoslovich

Feeling sluggish and tired all the time?
Having difficulty managing your weight?
Trouble sleeping?
Experiencing body aches?

Daily of chronic fatigue produces intense and prolonged stress on the body. Fatigue  affects almost everyone at some point in their life – illness, stressful jobs or a life crisis can drain even the healthiest person of energy. A poor diet, ongoing stress and too little sleep are just a few of the factors that can make you susceptible to fatigue.

America’s most beloved hormone expert, Dr. Jennifer Landa and Dr. Oz have teamed up to present the 4 biggest energy deficiencies in the segment, The Fatigue Solution.  Gluten sensitivities, low iron, iodine, detox and boosting your testosterone levels are just a few of the possible solutions that will help you rid of fatigue for good!

Watch The Fatigue Solution on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday, March 4! Check your local listings for channel and time.

 

The Vampire Facelift Arrives at the Academy Awards


 

by Sofia Radoslovich

Academy Awards Vampire Facelift

The prestige, the glamour, the awards and, let’s not forget what everyone wins – the goodie bags! What could possibly make the Oscars better? Especially when the 2013 Oscars Swag Bag includes the newest in facial rejuvenation, the Vampire Facelift®.

The organic facelift procedure is among the most sought-after gifts found in the Oscars swag bag. Win or lose, celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Gardner are now armed with the opportunity to keep their youthful glow forever, painlessly and naturally with the Vampire Facelift®. To recapture your youth in South Florida, the Vampire Facelift® is offered by Dr. Lisbeth Roy of BodyLogicMD of Fort Lauderdale and Doctors Studio.

“The Vampire Facelift® combines Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Juvaderm® therapies to artfully turn back the clock to a more youthful you. This procedure is safe and natural for most patients seeking true aesthetic anti-aging. It is the artful placement of Juvaderm® that restores a youthful facial structure, lifting and filling, while the PRP actually anti-ages the skin,” says Dr. Roy. This procedure truly improves the quality and look of the skin by stimulating new collagen, elastin and new blood vessels to return the youthful glow.”

Dr.Roy is one of the few certified medical doctors licensed to perform the Vampire Facelift®. Dr. Roy has eight years of experience with injectable treatments and non-surgical techniques. She is board certified D.O., specially trained and licensed by the creator of the Vampire Facelift®, Dr. Charles Runels. Her experience and training ensure she preserves the quality of the technique behind the Vampire Facelift®.

The Vampire Facelift® is natural. The Juvaderm used in the procedure is bio-identical Hyaluronic Acid. The PRP is 100% organic being that it comes from the you, the patient.

Still not convinced? Witness the Vampire Facelift®, performed by Dr. Lisbeth Roy at her Fort Lauderdale office at the Blood for Beauty Event held on March 7, 2013. Reserve your tickets today – seating is limited! All attendees will be entered to win the Vampire Facelift and other luxurious prizes. Register today at the Blood for Beauty Event site.

 

February is Healthy Heart Month!


 

by Sofia Radoslovich

 

American Heart MonthValentine’s Day is almost here– are you caring for your heart? According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The most common type of heart condition is coronary heart disease and it occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease causes heart attacks, angina, heart failure and arrhythmia.

Heart disease is preventable and controllable, as long as you follow a plan to reduce your risks. A healthy diet is essential as you begin your journey to prevent heart disease. Make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables- adults should have five servings per day. Consume foods that are low in saturated fats, trans-fats and cholesterol. Limiting the amount of sodium in your diet will aid in lowering your blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising daily will also lower your risk of heart disease. Physical activity has been linked to reduced levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. Make routine appointment to test your cholesterol and monitor your blood pressure. Along with monitoring your blood pressure, it is vital that you do not smoke and limit your alcohol intake.

All of this information can be nerve-racking for many individuals. Strive to make small changes each day toward a healthier lifestyle, as not to become overwhelmed, discourage or stressed – which can further impact stress on the heart. Remember to reward yourself by going for an afternoon walk, taking a yoga class or making a healthy meal with friends. These simple steps can ensure a healthier heart.

 

The Wellness Project: Renee’s Progress


 

Renee Mackey is one of the winners of The Wellness Project, which awarded her a year of wellness from BodyLogicMD. (You can read all about Renee’s journey and see her winning video entry on Renee’s Wellness Project page.)  Last month, Renee had her first appointment with Dr. Heidi Archer of BodyLogicMD of Vail. It has been one month since her treatment plan began. We asked Renee to tell us about her journey this far.

 

Wellness Project

Here is what Renee had to say:

Before going in I was feeling low energy, irritable and overweight.

The most striking thing about my appointment with Dr. Archer was the time spent. We chatted a bit about our lives, about my history and about my current lifestyle. I felt like she was truly interested and saw the value in getting to know me before jumping in with treatment.

Next we went over every single line of my lab work – one by one. I never felt rushed and asked a million questions (this is heaven for me: being able to ask questions without limit.) It was a breath of fresh air to be listened to so attentively and to be able to get so many questions answered. Usually when I leave a doctor’s office, I find that I have more questions than I had when I went in.

We decided – together – to start a small amount of testosterone (mine was tanked), a lower amount of progesterone (this was not as low as expected) and a low dose of Armour® for a borderline low thyroid. I am also taking B vitamins to support my adrenals (which are near collapse) and vitamin D3 (mine was way low.)

I’m thinking some may end up being “bridge” treatments and some may be permanent. My hope is that once my energy level improves, etc., I will be able to be consistent about good diet and exercise and many of these will stabilize in response to that.

I am two weeks into my “protocol” and I am feeling a *bit* better. I feel slightly more energetic and less irritable. Unfortunately fat is not melting off my body by the bucketful as my irrational self would wish, but I know this is not the way of things and is not what I truly expect.

I am reluctant to make any judgments on my improvements until I am through the second half of my menstrual cycle, as that is my most difficult time, typically. I have also not started an exercise program yet, as I want to focus on how I feel with the supplements first and then add in the exercise when everything has had time to sink in.

Thanks so much for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to sharing more positive results soon! :)
~Renee

 

How can you begin your journey toward total wellness, like Renee?

Visit BodyLogicMD.com to learn about all the services offered and symptoms treated.  You can find the doctor nearest you by visiting the BodyLogicMD Locations page. If you would like someone to contact you with more information about BodyLogicMD and how the physicians of the BodyLogicMD network can help you live better, longer, click here and fill out the form.

Be certain to join The Wellness Project group Facebook page and follow their journey day-by-day. As a member of the group, you will receive updates as these women take control of their health with the guidance of a physician of BodyLogicMD. You will also be able to share in their journey, ask questions, offer support and witness their transformation.

Experience living better, longer with BodyLogicMD!